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Heather McKnight

Human Resources Consultant

Heather moved to the greater Seattle area from Honolulu in 2016. In her search for connection, she began volunteering at the Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop. Then she worked as an HR consultant at a woman-owned HR services firm, focusing on small to mid-size for-profits and nonprofits. Heather’s first assignment was at a community healthcare and services organization. There, she was inspired by the organization’s mission to provide much-needed services to the community, advocate for clients’ short and long-term needs, and most importantly, the people served by the organization.

Heather felt a strong desire to use the HR knowledge she gained in the private sector to help build capability within the nonprofit sector.

Inquisitive by nature, Heather is a “blue sky” thinker with the ability to translate organizational objectives into HR strategy, initiatives, and tactics. Always a critical thinker and listener, Heather enjoys developing inventive solutions that enhance employee capability and engagement that drives results. She loves change management, coaching/consulting, culture, organizational redesign and recruitment/workforce planning. She has received acknowledgment for her strategic facilitation, workshop creation, and program/project management skills.

She is a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner/Train-the-Trainer, Six Sigma Greenbelt, and achieved her SPHR in 2002/2006. In 2016, she attained her SHRM-SCP designation. Heather has a B.A. in Government Service from Albright College in Reading, PA and completed the Construction & Real Estate Finance Program at the University of Washington Executive Education, Seattle, WA.

Essentially a vagabond, Heather grew up in Connecticut, was an exchange student in France, went to college in Pennsylvania, then lived in Maryland and Virginia before moving to California with her now husband, Peter.

Fun fact: Heather and Peter are accomplished sailors (Heather considers herself a retired sailor), having completed multiple blue-water passages on a 37-foot sailing vessel. The two-person crew planned, equipped, prepared and sailed, more than 8,000 miles – departing from California. Through their sailing, the couple explored Mexico, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia, and ultimately landed in Honolulu where they loved living for 4+ years. As most sailors do, she has many tales to tell.